Rebel Without a Cause After the dissolution of Force Works and a brief stint fighting alongside the Avengers when they returned to the Marvel universe proper, U.S. Agent next appeared as leader of a group known as The Jury. They were a group of mercenaries originally formed to kill Venom. Walker joined them as they…… Continue reading Johnnie Walker Blues Part 2: A Good Man Is Hard to Find
A few years before Superboy, Steel, Cybrog Superman, and Eradicator, before Az-bats, Kyle Rayner, Ben Reilly, or teenage Tony Stark, Steve Rogers stepped down as Catpain America, replaced by a character who had been introduced just a year earlier. This wasn’t the first time that Steve Rogers had put down the shield, but it was…… Continue reading Johnnie Walker Blues Part 1: The Story of the U.S. Agent
Ultimate We saw in New Avengers where White Tiger and Power Man ended up after Mighty Avengers, but what about the rest of the team? Well, Blue Marvel and Spectrum join the Ultimates, the first version of this team to exist in the mainstream Marvel U. They are joined by Captain Marvel, Black Panther, and…… Continue reading The Ewingverse Avengers, Part 3: Ultimate
New to You One of the best parts of Hickman’s Avengers run is his development of Roberto “Sunspot” DeCosta from a two dimensional, rich hot head New Mutant to a three dimensional, rich leader of the Avengers. The fact that more isn’t being done with him right now is a shame. He’s fantastic and his…… Continue reading The Ewingverse Avengers, Part 2: The A Stands for Al
Al Ewing should write the New Warriors. Ewing excels at touching multiple corners of the Marvel U in a single series, something that hasn’t been done well for an extended period of time since the original run of the New Warriors. While I might focus on the Mighty Avengers being a ground level team of…… Continue reading The Ewingverse Avengers, Part 1: The Mighty
Remember when Marvel’s crossovers were limited in scope and over in just a few months? When they were about stories that had been building for years, sometimes decades? When the event wasn’t slapped on any random issue just to increase sales? I loved those. When the X-Men started what would become an annual tradition of…… Continue reading Marvel’s Inferno is 30 Years Old
There are few things I loved growing up more than Marvel’s annual crossovers. They were perfect. The stories didn’t strictly matter because they took place in annuals and those were always a mixed bag. But the crossovers made them feel important. These weren’t event books, though, which meant they were limited to just a handful…… Continue reading Marvel’s Annual Crossover, 1990: The Terminus Factor!
In the fall of 1995 (and for some reason again in the fall of 1996), Marvel decided to counter the increase in the cost of their monthly books by publishing a handful of titles at the low, low price of 99 cents. They were, by and large, awful, mostly because these weren’t regular, monthly comics…… Continue reading I’d Buy That For a Dollar: Marvel’s Mostly Forgotten 99 Cents Line
Is there a more universally reviled moment in Marvel’s history that the debut (and subsequent crash) of “Marvelution?” For the uneducated, back when Marvel was pumping out a ton of comics and involved in all sorts of corporate level shenanigans, the powers that be decided the best way to monetize the line would be to…… Continue reading End of the Line: Marvel Edge
I had only dabbled in Avengers comics when Avengers #319 was released. I jumped in with issue #300 and the formation of a new and, to be honest, god awful team. I stuck around for a bit after that because the line-up evolved to include not just Captain America, who I liked, but also Quasar,…… Continue reading Avengers (v1) #319-324, “The Crossing Line” is one of the best Avengers stories of all time.